What is Seborrheic Keratoses?
Seborrheic keratoses is a common noncancerous skin growth. Despite its unbecoming appearance, it is harmless. These skin growths differ in color, are typically oval shaped and often raised, resembling the scaly look of a mole or wart. They can appear anywhere on the body, but commonly appear on the back, shoulders or chest. Seborrheic keratoses is not contagious and is common in middle-aged adults. Having multiple skin growths is also common. Measurements of these elevated growths may vary from pea size to quarter size. It is also possible to have seborrheic keratoses and basal cell carcinoma in the same area on the skin (a common skin cancer). Therefore, examination by a dermatologist is strongly recommended. Our board-certified Austin, TX dermatologists at Snyder Dermatology will provide a thorough skin exam and help by offering treatment options to reduce or eliminate this skin condition.
Seborrheic Keratoses Reviews
"Nice, knowledgeable, but a bit pricey. I've been to see her twice and to see her aesthetician Rachel once. Renee Synder diagnosed a minor skin condition the first time and the second time she removed a number of little skin tags around my eyes that were grossing me out. She did it just with plain scissors and rubbing alcohol, which made me wonder if I could have saved the $$$ and just done it at home, but I'm glad they're gone. The third time I went, I saw her aesthetician and, in a fit of post-breakup mid-life I-don't-know-what, decided to go for the chemical peel/ microdermabrasion combo which set me back about 150 clams. I looked like I had acne and a sunburn for the next 3 days, but now my skin feels baby-butt smooth, and a number of the weird little discolorations on it (that probably only I noticed anyway) seem to have faded. Anyway, if you are feeling vain and have a little money to burn I suggest you check these ladies out. Dr S suggested some really inexpensive over-the-counter wash and treatment for my face which will help help make up for some of the cost, at least. And *I* feel like I look that much more fabulous now, which is really what counts in the end."- L.W. / Yelp / Dec 09, 2007
"I had never been to a dermatologist when I made my appt with Dr Renee Snyder. But after hearing more and more about skin cancer I decided it was time to get my moles checked. I called and found out she was booked a good 3 months in advance for full body screenings. The assistant offered me an appt to come in and get just a few moles looked at. So, I was prepared for a squeezed in appt. My wait time was minimal, 5 or 10 minutes. Dr Snyder checked the moles I was concerned about and ended up checking every mole on my body. It was a quick but very thorough check. She measured a couple big ones and had her assistant write the measurements down. There was one on my back that she said had an "angry border" so she suggested I have it removed and sent to the lab. She gave me a shot to numb the spot, sliced it off in seconds, and put a bandage on. It was painless and quick! She told me to leave the bandage on for 24 hours (no shower) which I did. She told me to put vaseline or aquaphor on it to speed healing and keep a bandage on it until healed. I followed her orders and it mostly healed within a week, completely healed in about 2 weeks. The most painful part was removing that initial bandage! Those bandaids are serious! I would absolutely recommend her again. Yes, I felt a bit rushed but that was absolutely expected and I am glad she was able to squeeze me in."- M.T. / Yelp / Feb 17, 2010
"I have had 2 recent visits to "Snyderma Dermatology." My first appointment was a skin check to look for skin cancer, suspicious moles, etc. I saw the third doctor in the practice, Dr. A (can't remember her full name but she's the only Dr. whose last name isn't Snyder). Great experience, she took a thorough look at my whole body, measured a couple of larger freckles and moles and recommended I return in 6 months to re-measure and make sure the spots aren't growing. We discussed my options around removing a mole on my neck and she was very informative with no pressure. I expressed a desire to learn more about skin care treatments to prevent signs of aging. We talked briefly about some options and she recommended I come in to see Rachel, their aesthetician, for a complimentary visit, where I could learn more about products and procedures. This was fine by me because that is exactly what I wanted. My second visit was scheduled a week later. Rachel was right on time and very friendly. She spent close to an hour with me and was very informative. She wanted to know my concerns and goals and tailored her advice to those. She did not push products or services, and was very open with pricing. I loved my time with her. I purchased several products, which I had intended to do, that's why I came in. I was happy to hear that the soap and sunscreen I buy at Target are good products (yay for saving money there). Couple random notes: Yes, the staff is pretty and glamorous. I would hope so, as they are there to talk about having nice skin. They are also friendly. You do have to pay to park in the garage, this did not faze me. On the topic of Retin-A: yes, you can get a prescription for it. No, your insurance will not pay for it and it will cost you full price, not your prescription co-pay. Insurance will typically only pay for for Retin-A under 2 conditions: 1- you are under 18 and treating acne or 2- you have a Diagnosable skin condition such as Rosacea, and can show that you have tried other, less expensive medications to treat it. There is no way any insurance company is going to pony up the cash to pay for Retin-A for cosmetic reasons. Trust me, I've been down that road many times. So buying a retinol product from the office does not end up being more expensive that Retin-A. Also, Retin-A has a high concentration of retinol and it is better to start at a lower concentration (to see how your skin tolerates it) and work your way up. Great experience, I am planning to go back."- W.H. / Yelp / Jun 16, 2011
"Dr. Renee Snyder isn't cold. She's awesome. She has a dry sense of humor that I find hilarious. She puts you at ease with her professional, calm demeanor. The biopsy of my moles barely registered, pain-wise, and it was over quickly. She's very upfront and direct about medical information, and was patient with the questions I had. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Oh, and if you are not a high-maintenance, high-style kinda gal, don't be put off by the fancy office and pretty office staff...they are very helpful and accepting of everyone...makeup and stilettos or not."- S.T. / Yelp / Mar 25, 2012
"One evening I was getting ready for bed, scratched my back, and came away with blood. I looked in the mirror and saw a mole that looked exactly like all the ones that I'd seen in brochures of what moles aren't supposed to look like. I researched dermatologists, called Dr. Snyder's office, and set up an appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Snyder did a full skin check, confirming that the mole was really funky looking, and did a punch biopsy straight away. Just under a week later I got a phone call from her confirming that it was a melanoma, and we made an appointment for a wide local excision. I had another atypical mole excised a few months post-melanoma surgery, and since then I've had regular skin checks and several biopsies. Dr. Snyder really knows her stuff, and her professional demeanor and ability to answer all of my questions in a straightforward way puts me at ease. She's friendly and nice, but she's more focused on the task at hand than trying to be my bestie. Given most of my appointments with her have involved wearing nothing but a hospital gown and/or being cut open, professionalism and efficiency are key. The office is clean and bright and the staff are super nice. Parking isn't free and there's a bit of a dipsydoodle to get from the parking garage down to the lobby to go up to the 4th floor, but I'm really happy to have found a doctor I can trust."- M.F. / Yelp / May 01, 2012
Causes of Seborrheic Keratosis
The cause of seborrheic keratoses is unknown. In most patients, irritation may occur due to its raised nature, but may not itch or cause discomfort. It's important to be aware of how tight clothing may affect the condition as to avoid friction or collision of these raised skin lesions with other objects. Accidently scraping or puncturing seborrheic keratoses may be painful and lead to bleeding. Although it’s common to have slightly elevated growths, they may also be flat. The discoloration of seborrheic keratoses varies from black, brown, tan, yellow, or white. The texture of these skin lesions also vary from rough, scaly, or have a scab-like consistency.
How Treat the Condition
Depending on the severity of the skin condition, seborrheic keratoses can be removed by laser treatment, freezing, electric therapy or scraping. Cryosurgery is used to freeze lesions with liquid nitrogen and is often very effective. Electric therapy (or electrocautery) burns the lesions with electric currents. Patients with lighter or flat growths are recommended to have the lesions removed through scraping or curettage. After the removal of seborrheic keratoses, the skin may be discolored, but this normally fades over time, especially with proper wound care. The removal of these skin growths does not guarantee that reoccurrence will not occur. The reoccurrence of seborrheic keratoses is possible even after surgical removal.
Making Sure It is Benign SK
Despite seborrheic keratoses being benign, a check-up by a dermatologist is recommended because it greatly resembles melanoma in appearance. A malignant lesion is skin cancer. Our dermatologist can perform a skin biopsy to confirm the lesion is benign when a dermoscopy or clinical exam is not conclusive. A skin biopsy is a small surgical removal of some, or all of the lesion. Removing the growth by yourself can be dangerous and is not recommend. Improper attempts to remove seborrheic keratoses may lead to infection. Some argue overexposure to sunlight is a contributing factor to the occurrence of seborrheic keratoses, but it’s not certain.
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Seeing a dermatologist to properly diagnose seborrheic keratoses is highly encouraged, as it closely resembles melanoma in physical appearance. Our dedicated medical team strives to provide the utmost professional care. We invite you to stop by Snyder Dermatology for a consultation and diagnostic testing in Austin or Roundrock, TX. A simple screening can relieve you from worry and position you on the way to healthier skin.